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European Association for Chinese Studies Offers Formal Apologies to Us

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 European Association for Chinese Studies Offers Formal Apologies to Us

 
Sources: All Taipei Newspapers
 
July 29, 2014
 
20th Biennial Conference of the EACS (European Association for Chinese Studies) was held in Portugal in the cities of Braga and Coimbra between July 22nd and 26th, 2014. 
 
Mainland China’s Hanban (漢辦,a.k.a. Confucius Institute Headquarters) was one of the sponsors of the 20th Biennial Conference of the EACS.  On July 23rd, Xu Lin (許琳), Director General of Mainland China’s Hanban, noticed that page 59 of the conference manual was the sponsor’s page of the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange (蔣經國國際學術交流基金會).  On this page, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange called itself a promoter of international Sinology.  Xu was upset about the sponsor’s page and requested that the “Universidade do Minho” tear out the sponsor’s page from the conference manuals, causing a stir during the conference.
 
Xu’s request made the certain participants uncomfortable.  Tseng Shu-hsien (曾淑賢), director-general of the National Central Library (國家圖書館), stated that the opening ceremony was held at Universidade de Coimbra on July 25th, EACS staffs and participants from other universities protested Xu’s lack of etiquette during the opening ceremony.
 
The Republic of China’s Foreign Ministry and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange coordinated with library staff from other countries and the Mainland Affairs Council to lodge a protest against Mainland China.  The Foreign Ministry and the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange also sent a letter to the EACS to express their dissatisfaction.
 
According to an informed source, Roger Greatrex, President of the EACS, delivered a speech during the opening ceremony and affirmed the importance of the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange in promoting research on Sinology in Europe.  With respect to the controversy over the sponsor’s page, Roger Greatrex offered formal apologies to the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, adding that the EACS would pay close attention to how to handle the similar cases appropriately in the future.  
 

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